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Licata goes from South to South Bend

On Thursday, Joe Licata became Western New York's most prolific single-game passer.

On Friday, he was headed to Notre Dame.

Licata and Williamsville South coach Kraig Kurzanski traveled to South Bend, Ind., for an unoffical recruiting visit to Notre Dame.

Kurzanski said Licata's unofficial Saturday visit -- which basically means that the school does not pay for the trip -- includes a 10 a.m. tour of the campus and facilities, an 11:30 a.m. talk to recruits from Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis and tickets to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. home game against Michigan State. 

"It's pretty cool for him," Kurzanski said via cell phone during his drive to South Bend. "The thing is, that Thursday was his 14th football game ever. I don't know what he's going to do with [the rest of his career]. [junior Phil] Stasiak played his seventh game -- because he got injured last year. These two kids are pretty good, and I'm just glad they're playing for our team."

Licata, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior, threw for Western New York-record 522 yards in Williamsville South's 62-32 victory over Williamsville North Thursday night (see video highlights on the previous blog entry).

Licata attended a Notre Dame quarterback camp over the summer. He has also been working with Western New York native Jim Kubiak, who starred at St. Francis and Navy and played in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.

"After working with Jim Kubiak over the winter time on his feet and mechanics, through Jim's connections and him going to that camp, that put people on to him," said Kurzanski. "Penn State sends a letter a week. When I get back I'm going to cut some films up and send them out to other Division I schools."

There's a local tie at Notre Dame in special teams coordinator Brian Polian, a St. Francis graduate and son of former Buffalo Bills and current Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian.

And, just for the record regarding the record: Kurzanski said the South coaches rechecked the numbers several times Thursday night, then an assistant checked the video Friday morning and everything added up to 522.

---Keith McShea

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